Disney’s Encanto Tops Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office With $40 Million

Disney's Encanto has earned $40 million at the box office over the Thanksgiving weekend. Encanto is Disney Animation's 60th film and tells the story of The Madrigals, a family who live in the mountains of Colombia in a magical place called Encanto. Every child who lives there has been blessed with extraordinary powers, all except Mirabel, who must fight to protect the magic of Encanto while struggling with her lack of powers.

The film was helmed by two of the minds behind Zootopia, Byron Howard and Jared Bush. The pair also worked with Hamilton's Lin Manuel Miranda, who has crafted the soundtrack for Encanto, with Miranda recently revealing how he found it challenging to create meaningful musical moments for the film due to the size of the cast and the number of characters that are integral to the overall story. The animated feature boasts a stacked voice cast that includes the likes of Stephanie Beatriz, Diane Guerrero, Wilmer Valderrama, and John Leguizamo.

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Having just released this past week, Encanto has had an impressive opening weekend, topping the Thanksgiving box office. According to ComicBook, Encanto opened to $40.3 million this weekend, after earning an initial $7.5 million on its opening day on Wednesday and $28.7 million within its first three days in theaters. Disney's latest hit beat out Ridley Scott's House of Gucci to the top spot, as well as Ghostbusters: Afterlife which entered its second week at the box office.

Disney rarely disappoints when it comes to theater footfall, and Encanto is certainly no exception, especially when one considers the overall impact that COVID-19 has had on theatrical releases thus far. The studio's beloved animated features have nabbed the Thanksgiving top spot time and time again over the years, with the holiday weekend proving to be the perfect time for families to get together and venture out to theaters. While the film will continue its theatrical run for a 30-day window, fans will then be able to catch Encanto for free on Disney+ starting December 24.

There is no denying that Disney has truly perfected the formula when it comes to creating the ultimate family-friendly hit. Bringing back Miranda, following the success of 2016's Moana for which he also crafted the soundtrack, could prove to be the perfect addition to these heartwarming and wholesome flicks. The success of Encanto's opening weekend may have been expected for the Walt Disney Company, but it will certainly be interesting to see how the film continues to perform over the coming weeks.

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Source: ComicBook

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